Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted until June 30. In order to complete your application, you’ll need to have handy:

  • Your resume/CV; and
  • A minimum of one and maximum of two letters of recommendation from colleagues or clients. Each letter of recommendation must include the recommender’s name, affiliation, email address and direct phone number.

Please note: You can start, save and resume your application as many times as you like.

Next steps:

  • After you have applied to the program, you will receive notification that your submission has been received.
  • Honorees will be notified by end of September.
  • The 40 Under 40 recognition event will take place at ABI’s 2018 Winter Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in December.

Who can be nominated?

The American Bankruptcy Institute’s 40 Under 40 program is open to bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring professionals from around the world who are 40 years old or younger as of Dec. 1, 2018. Take a look at the firms who had nominees in last year's pool.

Can I nominate myself?


Can I nominate more than one person?


If I applied previously, can I apply again this year?

Yes, but you may not be named to ABI’s 40 Under 40 list for multiple years. If you are not selected in 2018, you may be considered again in future years until you no longer fit the age requirements. If you have applied in previous years, you may log in using your previous username and password to amend your application, or you may start a new profile and application.

Will the nominee know that he or she has been nominated?

Yes. The nominee will receive an email notifying him/her that a nomination has been submitted. The nominee assumes all responsibility for completing his/her application.

Is there a fee for nominating someone?


Why should I nominate someone?

Nominating a young professional for ABI's 40 Under 40 program:

  • Celebrates the achievements of young professionals in the bankruptcy community who are tomorrow’s leaders;
  • Highlights rising stars in the profession;
  • Showcases how firms and organizations help mentor and provide professional development;
  • Identifies future leaders within ABI;
  • Offers honorees a chance to be featured at an ABI conference, in the ABI Journal and on ABI’s website;
  • Provides the winners with exclusive networking and recognition opportunities, as they are invited as ABI guests to special recognition events; and
  • Helps advance the future of the bankruptcy profession.

The insolvency community openly embraced this program last year.  Take a look at the firms who had nominees in the application pool in 2017.

Do nominees have to be members of ABI?

ABI membership is not required, nor does it enhance a person’s chance of being recognized.

How do I know if my online nomination form went through? Will I receive a confirmation?

After submitting your nomination(s), you will get a message thanking you for your nomination.

When are nominations due?

Nominations are due June 30, 2018.

What is the criteria for selecting a 40 Under 40 winner?

Nominations will be judged by a diverse steering committee of insolvency professionals. Some of the qualities and characteristics the committee will be looking for include (in no particular order):

  • Academic training (degrees earned, etc.);
  • Achievements in representations on behalf of clients;
  • Authorship and publications;
  • Community service;
  • Dedication to the profession;
  • Inventiveness;
  • Leadership skills;
  • “People” skills/mentoring ability;
  • Personal integrity;
  • Professional service (with professional societies, organizations, educational events, etc.);
  • Public speaking/presentation skills;
  • Sustained career progress;
  • Technical skills; and
  • Work/life balance.

If I’m selected, what happens next?

If selected, you will be invited to participate in recognition and networking events at the 2018 Winter Leadership Conference (Dec. 6-8, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz.), including a special awards luncheon. You must be willing to attend in person. Your profile and photo will be published in the ABI Journal and on ABI’s website, among other press and publicity.

Will I be notified if the person I nominate is selected?

Yes. ABI will contact all 40 individuals we select for 40 Under 40 recognition, as well as the individuals who submitted their nominations.

What are the benefits to being selected?

The 2018 Class will be announced in October and honored at a special awards ceremony during the 2018 Winter Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. In addition:

  • Honorees will be invited to attend an exclusive reception with ABI leaders and judicial faculty from the Winter Leadership Conference, as well as future special events.
  • Honorees will be profiled on ABI’s website and in the ABI Journal.
  • Each “class” of honorees will receive other special recognition when attending ABI events.
  • Take a look at what last year's Class has been working on for other ideas for class and honoree recognition.